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Business Residential College

The Business Residential College (BRC) is sponsored by the E. J. Ourso College of Business and offers the next generation of business leaders unique educational and professional development opportunities in Residential College One – West Hall. As part of the E. J. Ourso College’s “Finish in Four” effort, residents of the Business Residential College receive special assistance to ensure that they complete their bachelor’s degrees in four years.

In addition to being a part of the on-campus community and Residential College One - West Hall community, students in the Business Residential College also benefit from these unique opportunities provided in this living-learning community:

  • Live and take classes, sometimes in the res halls in the community, with their peers in BRC, creating a smaller network within the larger LSU campus
  • Course scheduling assistance for both the fall and spring semesters with space in certain courses reserved just for BRC students
  • Network with faculty members and E. J. Ourso College of Business administrators
  • Discover leadership potential, develop communication skills, acclimate to business culture, and transition into the E. J. Ourso College of Business and the larger university community 
  • Network with industry leaders and business professionals through lectures and workshops designed to expose students to real-life business experiences
  • Gain skills on topics like resume writing and business etiquette for post-graduation through seminars offered in the E.J. Ourso College of Business
  • Explore different career opportunities within each major offered
  • Access to in-community tutoring and faculty office hours

Requirements and Eligibility

To participate in the Business Residential College, students must:

  • Be a first-year student with a declared major in the E. J. Ourso College of Business
  • Enroll in at least two BRC reserved courses in both the fall and spring semesters
    • In the fall semester, BRC students are required to enroll in the BRC sections of GBUS 1000 and MATH (either 1021 or 1431), ISDS 1102 (if eligible) or ENGL 1001, if they do not receive incoming credit for it. Additionally, space in various GEN ED required courses will be available for selection.
    • In the spring semester, BRC students must select the BRC section of ACCT 2001 and one other reserved course of the student’s choice. Additionally, MATH 1431 should be taken by those who did not complete it in the fall semester and ECON 2000, ISDS 1102, and/or ISDS 2000 are recommended.
    • Contact BRC Rectors Laurene Hutchinson and Janice Holmes for scheduling assistance.
  • See the complete list of requirements. 

Application and Room Assignments

  • Eligible students should select the Business Residential College as their housing preference on the housing application.
  • Residential College staff reviews the applications for eligibility as they are received and notifies residents of their acceptance into the program throughout the spring.
  • BRC residents can search for potential roommates in the online housing portal in March and will begin making room selections in May.
  • For housing application and room assignment information, please contact Housing at 225-578-8663.
  • For Business Residential College eligibility information, please contact the staff listed below. 

Residential College One - West Hall

Residential College One - West Hall provides everything students need to be successful: offices where E. J. Ourso College of Business advisors and BRC faculty hold office hours, two classrooms, multiple study spaces, outdoor courtyards, and modern two-student, suite-bathroom style rooms in a great location on the west side of campus. 



BRC Rector Laurene Hutchinson

Laurene Hutchinson
Business Residential College
Faculty Rector

BRC Rector Jan Holmes

Janice Holmes
Business Residential College
Associate Rector

Residence Coordinator Caroline Strohmeyer

Caroline Strohmeyer
Residence Coordinator